In the US we have heard for years about the driver shortage. But, what about in Canada – are they experiencing the same issues? That’s the topic of one of my latest columns for Western Trucking News.
Is the story really in different on either side of the border?
- A new report (February 2013) by the Conference Board of Canada (CBC) suggests that due to aging in the driver workforce and a growing demand from trucking services, “the for hire trucking industry can expect to face a driver supply and demand gap of nearly 25,000 drivers by 2020 in a business-as-usual scenario.” But, it could become worse if labor productivity is lower in future years.
- A 2012 report by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage identified truck drivers as the most important asset of the industry and that respect would go a long way in helping with recruitment and tenure.
- Randy Eckert, President of Saferway Driver Training School in British Columbia says the demand for new truck drivers is palpable.
- Eckert suggests that the standards are too low, the testing at the Drivers Service Centers is too low, and the training standards are too low.
- North America has known of the driver shortage problem for many years, yet it is as if the governments have had their heads shoved in the sand
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